New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2) (Agriculture)

Dargaville, Kaikohe, Kaitaia, Whangarei
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Are you aged 16-19? The Youth Guarantee Scheme provides the chance to study for free for up to two years, and can support you with transport and pastoral care.

Alert Level 2 at NorthTec - Online learning will continue as much as possible. Where a return to campus is necessary, tutors will contact students directly.

About this programme

This programme provides a mix of theory, technical skills and practical farm work. It’s ideal if you’re already working in farming but want to up skill or formalise your work experience, or if you’re new to the industry and want to acquire some fundamental knowledge before pursuing a future in farming. Most of your training will take place on farms in real-life situations, and the programme can also prepare you for further study in agriculture.

What you will learn

This programme focuses on general skills needed to work in the agriculture industry, that aren’t directly related to core livestock or arable farming. You will study a range of subjects which, depending on the farm location, may include:

  • Chainsaws

  • Checking and Reporting on Stock

  • Elementary Tractor Driving

  • Fencing - Electric and Conventional

  • Health and Safety

  • Quad Bikes - Elementary

  • Water Supply

  • Weed Control

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in any other farm activities that are part of the farm calendar, eg milking, silage making, shearing and stock work.

Admission information

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences

  • be able to read, write and communicate in English at a basic level

  • be physically able to complete the programme-specific outcomes.

Qualification gained

New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2)

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

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Full time


14 Weeks

Start Dates

Dargaville: Throughout the year

Kaikohe: Throughout the year

Kaitaia: Throughout the year

Whangarei: Throughout the year

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: Fees free

International: Programme not open to international students

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Phone 0800 162 100
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